DoxyPEP for STI prevention: morning-after pills that can help prevent syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea

What is DoxyPEP?

DoxyPEP is a post-exposure preventative treatment for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Think of it as a morning-after pill but for bacterial STIs instead of pregnancy: take one dose after a condomless sexual encounter to greatly reduce your risk of contracting bacterial STIs.

DoxyPEP does NOT help prevent:

Who should consider DoxyPEP?

You should consider DoxyPEP if you were assigned male at birth, are at least 12 years old, and:

How can I get DoxyPEP?

  1. Make sure you’re eligible to take DoxyPEP (see “Who should consider DoxyPEP?” above)
  2. Schedule a routine primary care visit at a Howard Brown Health location
  3. Tell your scheduler or indicate in your online submission that you’re interested in starting DoxyPEP
  4. Attend your appointment: the provider will do STI testing and basic bloodwork to confirm your eligibility
  5. Once your test results come back and your eligibility is confirmed, we will provide you with a doxycycline prescription
  6. Pick up your prescription at a Howard Brown pharmacy (or your local pharmacy)
  7. Keep the bottle in your medicine cabinet or on your nightstand until you need it!

How do I take DoxyPEP?

Just remember that it’s 3, 2, 1!

Within three days, take two tabs, just one time

In other words:

When taking DoxyPEP, you should also keep in mind that:

What else should I know before starting DoxyPEP?

What should I know for after I start DoxyPEP?


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